Casa Lucia in The Borgo of Bucciano is in the centre of Tuscany only 40 minutes Florence/Pisa/Lucca with several small medieval villages nearby. Casa Lucia is a little gem with lots of outside space. Private gates from the piazza lead to Casa Lucia's front door - its unique terrace & French windows to lovely private 110sqm garden: both with seating. Its elevated garden/patio enjoys stunning views of olive trees, glimpse of the pool & hills. A large tree forms a natural parasol. Superbly renovated with terracotta tiles, chestnut doors/windows and old exposed beams. The front door opens into an open-plan airy room in the Italian style: incorporating stylish and comfortably furnished dining, sitting and kitchen areas. Shared pool and gardens (lots of space) have long-ranging views of the surrounding countryside. Casa Lucia has its own allocated parking. On Casa Lucia's private garden or terrace, sit and sip a glass of wine from the local vineyards. A delightful place for a holiday!
Borgo di Bucciano and San Miniato: The setting is superb within beautiful countryside with views of soft hills near vineyards, fields of sunflowers, olive groves and farmers working in their fields. Bucciano offers a very good base as it is central for touring all Tuscany, good communications for reaching a variety of holiday destinations and convenient for days out and Tuscan adventures! Several interesting villages nearby - Peccioli, bar/pasticceria/enoteca, Montaione with a superb alimentari, small bar and newsagent - and restaurants. 7km from San Miniato - a small gem, for the castle remains and fine views and its medieval treasures. There is usually a market in town every Tuesday, nearby San Miniato Basso has a Thursday market and station to Florence.
San Miniato was founded by the Etruscans, the most powerful civilisation in pre-Roman Italy, who gave Tuscany its name. On his way home from Pisa, St Francis of Assisi travelled to the top of the San Miniato hill and founded the historic Convent in 1211.
San Miniato contd, Lucca and the Coast: More... It was a town full of intrigue, battles, politics and power - variously ruled by France, Florence and even Spain. Now there is a slower pace of life. As much of Tuscany, still predominantly rural with fertile soil and a temperate climate. Napoleonic connections.
Visit Lucca for sightseeing & elegant shopping within a preserved 16th century fortress city - only 35 minutes away. One of the most beautiful and elegant cities in Tuscany, Lucca has exquisite shops and restaurants, a weekly market & a special monthly antiques market. Hire good bicycles to ride around its famous walls, from where the historic old town can be seen inside, with Art Deco buildings and newer town outside. Lucca is mainly for pedestrians. Most visitors return.
San Gimignano is a must!
The famous coastal resorts of Viareggio and the more select Forte dei Marmi, are just to the west of Lucca, on the coast - beach, sunbathing and pleasant walking. Viareggio has a famous carnival in February
Florence, Siena, and the Coast: and more...
The Coast - Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi 45 minutes.
Florence - 40 minutes - Visit the main piazza with its Duomo and Baptistry; the galleries, shops and markets. Cross the Ponte Vecchio and walk along the Arno.
Visit nearby Fiesole - it's cooler in the heat of the summer.
Visit Siena - for its semi-circular piazza with a tall tower overlooking the Palio horse racing - 60 minutes. The drive itself is interesting.
All Tuscany can be visited from San Miniato - trains to Florence 25 minutes!
With an early start, Umbria can be visited - it is interesting to compare the two.
Certaldo and Leonardo's birthplace of Vinci is 20 minutes away and the nearby museum has scale models of his inventions. Very interesting!
The area around San Miniato is lovely and Casa Lucia is an excellent base - Beautiful in Spring; glorious in summer; bright and warm days in autumn; cosy in winter. Just come...
Golf - there are many excellent golf courses in Tuscany. Ask for details.
We had a wonderful HONEYMOON and found the accommodation delightful. Perfect weather - sunny 24 degrees. Visited Florence, Pisa, Siena, Volterra, Montereggiano. . . also local hamlet fantastic restaurant we'd recommend amazing views, excellent service, delicious food. (couple Oct/Nov 2006)
****CASA LUCIA NEWS**** (see also extra page for our Guest Book). The pool and the adjacent gardens with olive trees and the piazza area are now blooming. Our large garden tree and shrubs at the bottom of the garden have been pruned to open up the lovely view. For 2007 we have wooden sunloungers and a matching table under the garden tree. Internally, a second shower has been installed and our guests have enjoyed this extra facility. Roberto our housekeeper is always kind and helpful. Most of our returning guests have used the word 'wonderful' when emailing thanks. 'We had a lovely time - we loved Casa Lucia. The views are fantastic. I could find no fault with Casa Lucia at all' Family June 2007.
My partner and I rented Casa Lucia for the first week in October 2009. We were attracted to this property by its interior decor, the stunning views from the garden and the facilities it offered (swimming pool). It did not disappoint us.
We had a great holiday. The accommodation was beautiful and perfectly located for day trips to the big cities and rural villages.
The week passed too quickly, but we made the most of our time with leisurely swims, day trips to Lucca, Vinci, Florence, San Gimignano, Pisa and local evening walks.
The customer service was exceptional, and we were provided with detailed information on finding the property, local facilities – shops, restaurants and holiday suggestions etc. None of which we could fault.
I would likely recommend Casa to Lucia to others and hope that one day I will return to repeat the experience.
This has been by far the best holiday we have had. From the first time I emailed the owner I knew this place was special. Christines enthusiasm for the house and the area was infectious. We were not dissappointed. Our first view before we entered Casa Lucia was quite literally breath taking. The house had everthying you require, it was clean, comfortable and charming. We loved spending the evenings lounging around the living area or sitting outside enjoying the picture perfect scenery.
We have a very lively child coming 4 years old and were a little worried that Casa Lucia may prove a little quiet for her. Once we arrived we realised this was not going to present a problem, the garden was completely fenced in which made me sigh a huge sigh of relief. I could actually sit and read and allow her to potter about. The house had books and games that occupied her until 12 midnight some nights. The day trips were great for a child her age and it was amazing that everywhere we visited (Lucca, San Gigimano, San Miniato and Pisa) we could entertain ourselves and our daughter. Another aspect that made this holiday perfect was the next door neighbours Justine, Simon and their adorable son Zach. They provided invaluable advise and Lucy enjoyed jumping over the fence to play with Zach in the evenings. Two nights we managed to eat our dinner ourselves! Any parents out there with a spirited child will understand how valuable this is!
This is the first holiday I have been on since my daughter has been born that I have returned home feeling relaxed. I would definately recommend it, the house is great, the scenery stunning, the area, just something else. No words can describe it! Thankyou so much Christine, we will definately be back
We stayed one week with our relatives from California. It was their first time to Italy. The central location of Casa Lucia made it perfect for visiting Tuscany's many wonderful places.
The owner was very helpful and forthcoming with excellent information and advice from the start. Every question received a complete and generous response.
The views are breathtaking yet peaceful. Everything was as described and the house was very clean, the facilities and equipment in the kitchen were more than complete.
Italian roadsigns and directions are a bit of a challenge but the owners do their best to describe the way as well as possible and provide pictures so you know when you have arrived :):):).
All the lovely restaurants more than make up for it.
casa lucia was a fabulous place to have a holiday. the house itself is full of character and extremely comfortable. and had everything we needed to enjoy our week in Tuscana. It is also very central to many places in Tuscana that need to be visited. the owners were very easy to deal with and all house instructions/recommendations were very clear and very helpful. thanks again Chris for a wonderful stay; i would recommend the house to anyone.
a wonderfully located home from home in the tuscan hills, ideal for day trips to florence, pisa and sienna, as well as plenty of other charming places.
absolutely the best views we've ever had from a holiday home and some gorgeous sunsets thrown in, a fabulous place to chill out in the garden with some local food and wine and a very welcoming atmosphere.
just as importantly perhaps; the owners were incredibly helpful in the lead up to our visit, perfect for first time 'tuscaneers' like us!
we very much hope to return soon. thank you!!!
We arrived at Casa Lucia (the first time) in the dark after a long journey. We opened the beautiful wooden doors and stepped into a holiday house with a special atmosphere and I relaxed immediately. The property has been cleverly and stylishly renovated with traditional cotta fllor tiles, beautiful bed linen and practical use of space.
When I opened the doors to the stunning view next morning I couldn't help thinking that the owners were modest in their advertising literature.
The garden is a pleasure and is set out with enough quality garden furniture that you can follow the sun around the building or follow the shade.
The contact with the owners, the welcome and advice provided on arrival and the standard of cleaning and maintenance were of a very high standard. There is a super visitors book where the owners and other guests recommend restaurants which we have enjoyed.
The Borga has been developed in a traditional way to a very high spec and we found the owners of other properties friendly when we chatted to them at the well maintained pool, which also enjoys lovely views.
We have stayed in Casa Lucia twice now and have visited Lucca, San Miniato, San Gimigniano, Vinci, Pisa, up into the hills to Barga and on our last visit we took the train into Florence. We also drove to Venice for an overnight stay and the owners were very helpful in recommending a hotel which was excellent.
There are lots of good walks around the Borgo if you don't mind some steep bits.
I would not hesitate to recommend this property to anyone and dream of returning again.
Casa Lucia is in the Borgo of Bucciano, central Tuscany in an idyllic setting with many interesting villages/towns nearby. Walks in surrounding vineyards/olive groves. The pool overlooks the hills of San Miniato only 15 min away, medieval art treasures & weekly market, shops, ice cream; excellent restaurants en route, in the surrounding countryside. La Serra (4 min) has simple facilities & a special restaurant with garden tables under gazebos. Easy travelling visit Florence (local train); Chianti; Lucca (& the coastal resorts seaside Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi and the Cinque Terre), Pisa, The Etruscan Coast and Volterra- only 40 minutes. San Gimignano and Siena an hour - the little town of Vinci 20 minutes away - birthplace of Leonardo - has an interesting museum with working models. There is plenty to do: an ideal location for an enjoyable holiday for one/two couples, friends or a family. 15 minutes from FI-PI-LI autostrada. Nr Province of Florence border. This is real Tuscany.
Other Activities: Lovely drives/walks, local villages, restaurants. Nr tourist sites: San Miniato/Florence/Pisa/Lucca/San Gimignano/Siena/Volterra/Vinci/Two Coasts
Golf: We have details on Tuscan golf courses - please ask for details if you are interested. An easy drive from Casa Lucia are small local villages such as Montaione and Palaia, pleasant to stroll around and with good restaurants and bars to watch the world go by.
Our guests report the local restaurants to be excellent and kind to the pocket!
Gourmet special: The famous San Miniato Truffle Fair usually takes place at the end of November - and all the local restaurants serve truffles from September onwards - they are wonderful! During this time especially, it is also possible to purchase wine direct from the vineyards. Casa Lucia is only 15 minutes from San Miniato. Come and sample the real Tuscany.
In September and October there are wine festivals to celebrate the new vintage - the olive picking starts and often continues into December. The local produce throughout the year is luscious - shopping (from markets, alimentare or supermarkets) actually enjoyable - and cooking no hassle: the ingredients are so good and Casa Lucia has a well equipped kitchen with cooker hood, window and French windows to the interesting garden view.